So I spend a lot of time taking pictures both at work and at home...that's probably a given. I had three photo shoots this weekend (photos to follow).What I have learned over the years is this, you don't have to have the biggest and the best to get the best result. In fact, two of my favorite lenses are the least expensive ones I own: 1. AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens
2. Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens
Both lenses were under 200.00 each brand new and I find them indispensable. Fixed lenses make a huge difference in portrait photography. They give you more control over the clarity of your subject and the ability to dial down your aperture enough to really make your subject come to life. Even with a starter camera you will see a phenomenal difference using a fixed lens. The 35mm lens is my most used lens and I love the way my images have changed since buying it.
Of course the bigger and better you camera gets the more difference you will see in the image that is produced as far as image quality goes, but I think you will be amazed at what you see by switching from a to something like this. The onus is on you to do the work of moving around your subject but it is worth all the effort!